YOU ME AT SIX COLLABORATE WITH THORPE PARK

In a move that absolutely nobody could have forseen, You Me At Six have recorded a song as the soundtrack to the new Thorpe Park ride, both of which are called The SwarmThe track, produced by Gil Norton, will be available to download from iTunes on March 18th, with the rollercoaster being opened to the public on March 15th.

In addition to this the bands latest single No One Does it Better will be released on 8th April, and you can take a listen and watch the video over on their vevo. While this track won’t be featured alongside a rollercoaster, it will most likely be played during their March UK tour

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the first two months of 2012, you should be all gigged out by now, but don’t think about pulling on those purse strings just yet until you’ve seen what March and April has in store for you lucky lucky people. There are gigs galore from some of the finest bands around, not to mention the first signs of summer with the first festival hitting our country. So here is your guide to some of our top picks for the next 2 months.

First up we have British boys, You Me at Six. A band that shot to fame faster than most and have since been trying to crack the music scene across the pond but fear not, the boys back in our towns with a string of sold out dates and support that rivals most UK tours with stateside boys, Mayday Parade. Our very own welsh beauties, Kids in Glass Houses and reggae ska band, The Skints. The tour’s first announcements were such a success that the band was made to add extra dates to this huge tour, which some tickets are available still. No doubt that every show is going to be phenomenal so make sure you get yourself down to watch Josh Francheschi and the boys bigger and better than ever before.

The end of March sees more of our home-grown talent as Enter Shikari have a few UK dates lined up. The band have risen since their success of 2007’s hit album, Take to the Skies begun the craze of the classic hand clap that is Enter Shikari. Back to 2012, and Rou and the boys have an amazing new album to tour with as album, A Flash Flood of Colour has had impeccable feedback from many. If any band is known for putting on an incredible show, it’s these guys and believe us when we say their show will be one you will never forget.

For all you slightly heavier fans out there, fear not, we cater for all as The Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour kicks off at the start of April. Bands on the tour are American Hardcore boys, Trapped under Ice who are also set to play this year’s Hevy Festival line up. Our very own hardcore boys, Your Demise who will also be joined by newer break through band on the scene, Basement who took the UK by storm last year as they toured with Title Fight. Lastly joining these three incredible bands are an almost out of place addition but adding some love to each show with their pop punk presence are Man Overboard. The boys were only here back in January and clearly can’t keep away as they’re back only 2 months later. Something even better about this tour, just because it’s a big fancy tour don’t expect some huge venues, this is going to be an intense tour as the rooms will be small and the crowds huge. Four bands not to be missed for under £20!

Mid April comes a tour from 2011’s break through band with Radio 1 coverage just to add too many of their successes, Scotland’s finest, Twin Atlantic. The band will be touring with similar named band, Lower than Atlantis, no doubt this tour will be huge as both bands are going to be on the radar for the most of 2012. If you can, see these now as we expect this to be the last of the small shows for both bands. If you don’t get chance to see Twin Atlantic fear not, if you are one of the lucky ones to hold a Blink-182 ticket you’ll get a chance to see them this June.

Next up comes a tour from Norfolk boys; Deaf Havana who have took the UK by storm since their release late last year, Fools and Worthless Liars. It’s taken them hard work and dedication but from the looks of the sales of this tour, it’s completely paid off as all the shows are on their last remaining tickets. The boys aren’t just getting any old support though; they’re bringing in American pop punkers, The Swellers along with them. The hype of this tour surrounds both bands as The Swellers don’t grace our lands all that often so this tour is sure to go down in 2012 history, you can catch the boys from the 18th April in Birmingham through to the 26th finishing up in London.

Returning for the second time this year already are female fronted, We are the In Crowd. After being received incredibly as support for All Time Lows UK tour this January, they are returning with other pop punk favourites, Every Avenue and The Summer Set. Although now used to playing the largest venues in our country, Taylor and Co are taking a step down and touring smaller venues as part of their grand return. Not only are they bringing such amazing support with them, the bands are touring around the real reason they’re back in the UK, to play Nottingham’s Hit the Deck Festival.

That’s right after truly establishing itself last year, Hit The Deck Festival returns and with a stronger line up. The festival takes place in and around different venues in the city, with the larger acts playing in the famous, Rock City venue. Bands you can expect to see at this year’s festival include: Deaf Havana, The Wonder Years, Kids in Glass Houses, Cancer Bats and Bury Tomorrow just to name a few. What’s the best part about the festival? Its only £20, what’s not to like so if you’re a bit strapped for cash this year and really want to go to a festival, here’s your chance with some awesome bands for a decent price.

There you have it, some of the UK’s finest up and coming gigs for you to get too for the next 2 months, but that’s not all there a few extras you might want to feast your eyes upon:

The Used will be touring with new album ‘Vulnerable’ released on March 26th

Lostprophets and support band Modestep are playing a 12 date UK tour.

We’ll be back in May to update you with all things gigs related, after all, this is when the summer will really kick off.

YOU ME AT SIX: NEW SINGLE, NEW TOUR

After flying into the charts at number 3 with their third album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, You Me At Six will release second single Bite My Tongue on November 28th. The track features Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes and showcases the band’s heavier side.

They have  also confirmed their biggest headline tour to date. Culminating in London’s Brixton Academy on April 2nd, the tour sees the band playing big venues in almost all major cities:

17.03 – Academy, Leicester
18.03 – Rock City
, Nottingham
20.03 – Academy, Bournemouth
21.03 – Westland Centre, 
Yeovil
23.03 – The Great Hall
, Cardiff
24.03 – University, Liverpool
25.03 – Academy
, Newcastle
27.03 – SECC Hall 3, 
Glasgow
28.03 – Apollo 3,
 
Manchester
01.04 – Ballroom, 
Birmingham
02.04 – Brixton Academy, London

YOU ME AT SIX ALBUM REVIEW

After mixed reviews circulating 2010’s ‘Hold Me Down’, it was debatable that Surrey natives You Me At Six had lost that special spark that had enticed and enthralled so many with their debut ‘Take Off Your Colours’; that, despite not being terrible, the band had hit a brick wall with their second studio album. Fast-forward to February 2011 and, more specifically, the band’s collaboration with rapper Chiddy on Rescue Me. This did nothing for morale amongst fans, sparking fears that You Me At Six were leaving their punk rock roots behind in favour of something a little more mainstream; a little less heavy. Fear no more, because the boys are back with new album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ – and it’s a crackerread more

YOU ME AT SIX: NEW ALBUM DETAILS

The UK’s You Me At Six are poised to cement their status as leading lights on the contemporary rock scene with the release of their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ in Australia on September 30th.

Produced by Garth Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and recorded at the famous Sound Factory studio in Los Angeles, Sinners Never Sleep sees You Me At Six exploring their most mature sound to date extending the band’s scope wider than ever before. Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes guests on the dark anthem Bite My Tongue, while Parkway Drive vocalist Winston McCallcontributes to the growling intensity of Time Is Money. The hook-infused melodies of Jaws On The Floor and Reckless are offset by the more introspective No one Does It Better, Crash and When We Were Younger.

Having recently played sets in the UK at  Sonisphere and T in the Park, You Me At Six will also play the V Festival at Staffordshire (August 20th) and Chelmsford (August 21st) before returning to Australia for a co-headline tour with We The Kings that coincides with the album’s release:

27.08. – The Tivoli, Brisbane - All Ages
28.08 – Roundhouse, Sydney -  Lic A/A
30.08 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne - Evening, 18+ only
31.08 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne -  Afternoon, Under 18
01.09 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide -  Lic A/A

YOU ME AT SIX ANNOUNCE OCTOBER TOUR

Fresh from their slots at T in the Park and Sonisphere, You Me At Six have announced a seven date tour in October

08.10 – 53 Degrees, Preston
09.10 – Empire, Middlesbrough
10.10 – Music Hall, Aberdeen
12.10 – Academy, Leeds
13.10 – Guildhall, Southampton
14.10 – Winter Gardens, Margate
15.10 – Brixton Academy, London

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9.30am on Friday July 15th from the usual outlets.

YOU ME AT SIX/WE THE KINGS AUS TOUR

British alt-rockers You Me At Six are set to hit Australia on a co-headlining tour with American pop-punk act We The Kings this August at the following locations:

27.08 – Brisbane, The Tivoli – All Ages
28.08 – Sydney, The Roundhouse – Lic A/A
30.08 - Melbourne, The Hi-Fi - Evening, 18+ only
31.08 - Melbourne, The Hi-Fi – Afternoon, Under 18
01.09 – Adelaide, Fowlers Live – Lic A/A

Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 24th) at 9am from the usual outlets.

FOUR YEAR STRONG TO SUPPORT BLINK-182

CtrlAltRock favourites Four Year Strong have been added to blink-182′s summer UK tour, alongside You Me At Six. This tour is the stuff pop-punk dreams are made of! You can catch the shows at the following dates;

01.07 – Birmingham, NIA
04.07 – Liverpool, Echo Arena
07.07 – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
08.07 – Manchester, MEN Arena
12.07 – Newcastle, Arena
13.07 – Nottingham, Arena
15.07 – Birmingham, LG Arena
16.07 – Cardiff, International Arena
18.07 – London, O2 Arena
19.07 – London, O2 Arena